It's been an interesting few years in the city. Indian food has begun the transformation from being a bargain-budget ethnic cuisine in the city to to being one of the new higher end foods. While in the past the downtown and midtown only seemed able to support a few up-market places, the last few years have resulted in the opening of Kama Sutra, Tabla, Amaya, Chakra, Amaya Bread Bar, and most recently, Debu. The tandoors are on and the gloves are off, with conventional treatments falling by the wayside in favour of non-traditional ingredients and presentations.
Which of these is the best and why? I've heard many critics complaining that the new artistes should stick to the traditions. Is that valid, or is that like telling a modern French chef to stick to Bearnaise? I'm sure there will be no consensus, so break out the thesauri. Cheers.